Rainy day boat trip in Amsterdam

As in Strasbourg, an interesting rainy day activity in Amsterdam is to take a boat trip around the city.

I call it a rainy day activity because when the weather is nice you will obviously prefer to be out cycling rather than just sitting in a boat.

Rederij Plas

There are several companies that do canal boat tours, leaving from the piers at the street called Damrak near the central station. I took a tour by a company called Rederij Plas, which was fine but I have no way of knowing if it was better or worse than any of the other tours.

One of the “Seven Bridges”

As in Strasbourg, I was the only person on the boat who had a map and was following along to keep track of where we were going. I am always amazed that nobody else does this, as one of the main purposes of such a tour is to start getting oriented and start learning your way around.

The opera house in the rain, as seen from the tour boat

At thirty-five different places on the tour there were recorded commentaries in Dutch, German, French and English, which were fun because I could try to understand some of the Dutch (which I have never learned, but can sometimes figure out from German and English), and then use the other three languages to see if I was right.

One of the tourist boats going past the opera house (not on the same day, obviously)

My photos in this post are from 2006. The text was last revised in 2017.

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2 thoughts on “Rainy day boat trip in Amsterdam”

  1. “I was the only person on the boat who had a map…. I am always amazed that nobody else does this….” VT wasn’t there, the first time I traveled to new countries so I didn’t take a map either.

    Don you are so funny! “…when the weather is nice you will obviously prefer to be out cycling rather than just sitting in a boat.” I would be choosing the seat on the boat! LOL!

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